2011 Inductees to the British Country Music Hall Of Fame.


Iona Boggie ~ inductee No 24 View Certificate 0024
Iona Boggie
In the years since the creation of the British Country Music Hall of Fame there have only been three ladies joining the illustrious ranks of heroes and legends, Sarah Jory, Bev Jackson and the late Sue McCarthy.
The list now extends to four with the induction of Iona Boggie from the heart of Welsh speaking Wales.
Born in the small village of Nantille, her singing started in the local chapel where her crystal clear vocals and diction meant she was always taking all the solos.
In her teens she started to play guitar to accompany herself on the growing number of bookings. While training to be a Primary School teacher at Bangor University she first met her soon to be husband, Scotsman Andy Boggie who was studying French. They started playing together in 1979 and married in 1980. Andy has become fluent in Welsh, both speaking and singing.
They travelled extensively all over the UK during the 1980s, clocking up over 35,000 miles some years.
Iona was a regular nominee for Best Female Country Artist and in 1987 they picked up the Best Duo award.
Iona¹s natural ability to speak Welsh and sing all the Country songs in Welsh led to a very long contract with Sain Records which in turn attracted the attention of the Welsh television channel S4C where she and Andy are regular performers.
Iona is the only Welsh artist to have sung at the Grand Ole Opry, the Bluebird Café and the Station Inn in Nashville in her native tongue.
For 15 years they ran the theatre based festival at the Cymru Theatre in Llandudno, having a long association with lots of visiting American Country stars.
As part of their involvement in County music, Iona has toured and also organised Country music themed trips to the USA, Canada, most of Europe and to places as diverse as North Africa and New Zealand ensuring that the Welsh brand of Country music was spread worldwide.
After 32 years on the road, Iona is still touring as the Iona & Andy Country duo.
A highlight this year was to perform on a Welsh television show with last year¹s British Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Albert Lee.
The duo¹s autobiography, Llwybrau Breuddwydion (Paths Of Dreams) was published in 2007 by Gwasg Gomer.
   
Charlie Landsborough ~ inductee No 25 View Certificate 0025
Charlie Landsborouogh
Charles Alexander Landsborough is the youngest of 11 children. Due to the bombing raids over Birkenhead, Charlie¹s mother, Aggie was moved to Wrexham.
Like St Patrick, another of Ireland¹s legends, he was born in Wales but it was back to the family house of music for his raising. His father was a singer around the clubs and his brothers all played guitars and, being merchant seamen, all brought the latest music home. Charlie learnt Hank Williams and Gracie Fields songs and while at grammar school Charles¹ brother taught him to play and sing, he had long hair even back then.
From school he was dipping into various jobs during the day and playing guitar at night.
With the Navy recruiting office closed Charlie walked around the town and joined the Army and was posted to Germany where he supplemented his wages by playing in various styles of music bands around the clubs.
Leaving the Army, he ended up as a postman in Coventry before going back to Germany for some more band work. At this time he married Thelma and then decided to settle down. After a wide range of jobs, he finally became a teacher. This was the creation point for Charlie the Country singer, first as a writer and later a singer.
1994 was the year his songs began to gain recognition and with three children to support he needed success.
Ritz Records signed him as a writer for their star, Daniel O¹Donnell and realised he could also sing very well in his own right.
It was a career turning moment when George Hamilton IV introduced him to a packed Wembley arena as the writer of My Forever Friend. As a writer he was always listening to people and it was a question a little girl asked her father at a bus stop that gave Charlie his signature song, the number one hit that knocked Garth Brooks off the top of the Irish chart, What Colour Is The Wind. It is a song that brings tears every time it¹s sung on his twice yearly theatre tours of the UK, annual tours in Australia, Canada and America.
The pinnacle of his year is the annual concert in Liverpool playing to a 4,000 sell-out audience and backed by the full Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
After playing Birmingham¹s Symphony Hall, Charlie has won most of the awards applicable to a Country star, so it is time to induct him into the British Country Music Hall of Fame.